During a day out in the park, you can hear birds chirping all around. Maybe a few of those birds were nursed back to health and released by the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. The group invited the public to come out and see just why some of these birds are so important to our area on Sunday.
"Birds are very important for healthy, functioning eco-systems," said Katie Fallon, a volunteer at the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia and an instructor at the program. "Raptors for example, birds of prey, keep mouse populations, and other populations of animals you might think of as pests, in check. So if we didn't have owls, for example, eating mice... The mice could take over the place."
The presentation showed off the ACCA 's most popular barn owl, Luna. Kids even got the opportunity to dissect owl pellets and figure out just what animal the owl ate.
The smaller birds of our area are also important to remember. The education program taught participants about these types of birds and how to make their own bird feeder.
"West Virginia in general, and Morgantown in particular, is important for a wide variety of species," said Fallon. "Morgantown has a lot of Chimney Swifts. Chimney swifts are small, very fast flying birds. If you're downtown you can see them over the buildings and the houses. They look sort of like bats and they eat insects."
The ACCA wants to remind the public that any injured bird found can be dropped off at the Cheat Lake Animal Hospital, 24 hours a day. The program also invites the community to join it August 9th at the Seneca Center to see some Chimney Swifts in action.